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Kentucky Downs or Churchill Downs: Who Gets Edge in Race Dates Battle?

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee meets at 1 p.m. today and one of the issues the panel faces is whether to approve a request from Kentucky Downs to expand its highly successful September turf festival from five … Continue reading

Bramlage: We’ll Have to Give Up Lasix on Race Day

The list of Honor Guests of the Thoroughbred Club of America reads like a Who’s Who of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding world dating back to its first Testimonial Dinner in 1932 when Col. E.R. Bradley was recognized for his … Continue reading

Ruidoso: All American Futurity the Last Straw for a Crackdown?

What was the tipping point for R.D. Hubbard? The chairman of Ruidoso Downs racetrack in New Mexico – also a well-known player in the Thoroughbred industry – on Tuesday announced tough, new rules to crack down on cheaters, saying he … Continue reading

Follow the Line: Popular Thoroughbred Sires in Sport Horses

When it comes to repurposing off-track Thoroughbreds for other equestrian sports, not all trainers and riders hold pedigree in equal credence. Some professionals say a horse’s conformation and way of moving is more important to them; the names on the … Continue reading

Lost Art: Marketing OTTBs by Pedigree Not So Black and White

At last week’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, buyers were wandering the sale grounds with catalogue books in hand, scouring the bold type for their next sprinter, miler, turf, or classic runner. Although those decisions come down to the horse’s physique and movement in … Continue reading

UPDATED: Indiana Grand Veterinarian, Assistant Trainer ‘Summarily Suspended’

Veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell and assistant trainer Richard Estvanko were summarily suspended on Saturday by Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards at Indiana Grand racetrack in Shelbyville, Ind., for an alleged incident that took place the previous day. According to separate … Continue reading

Suffolk Downs: It Took 3,000 People to Build, Three to Shut It Down

There’s an old joke among economists about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor has lost his job, and a depression is when you’ve lost your job. Well, for over 100 employees of … Continue reading

Investment in the Ownership Experience a Significant Issue

Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, ON., from April 12-Dec. 7. This is the first of a … Continue reading

Former Midwest Thoroughbreds Trainer Sues for Overtime Pay, Commissions

Midwest Thoroughbreds, which has led North American Thoroughbred owners by races won every year since 2010, is being sued by a former trainer for alleged violation of federal and state labor laws, in part because Midwest did not pay overtime … Continue reading

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With This Year’s Three-Year-Olds

Shared Belief and California Chrome are getting all the attention these days as they continue on the path to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a few weeks, but what’s become of the others in the 3-year-old crop? We set out … Continue reading